Haunted Bhangarhfort A Ghost Town of Rajasthan
Bhangarh, a deserted town in Rajasthan, was established in 1613 by King Madho Singh, son of great Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. Bhangarh was abandoned soon after being built and supposedly after it was cursed by a magician. In ignorance Ajab Singh, the grandson of Madho Singh, raised the palace to such a height that the shadow reached the forbidden place. Hence the devastation of entire town of Bhangarh happened. Local villagers say that whenever a house is built there its roof collapses. People say that nobody returned who stayed there after dark. And the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sign board put up there says, "Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area."
- Jungle and Rain Forest
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Block printing on fabric
Visit a factory/workshop where you can watch fabrics being block printed. You even get to try in on you own. But beware of being forced into buying from their outlet. In my shopping tips I shall provide you with the address of where to buy reasonably priced fabrics
One such workshop is
Saakshi in Lakshmi colony, Sanganer
Blue pottery making in Sanganer
Visit Sakshi blue pottery factory which is in Sanganer, Lakshmi colony,
It is fascinating to see the process of making blue pottery which is famed and so beautiful to look at. There is also an outlet which sells various artifacts and daily use items made of ceramic and hand painted.
I found the whole visit very fascinating and interesting.
- Business Travel
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Hand a paper!!
Visit the handmade paper factory in Sanganer. Salim papers private limited takes you around with a guide who explains the various processes. Photography is strictly forbidden. it is a good place to go to especially if traveling with kids, so that they can see the processes involved in handmade paper making, an interesting visit.
They also have a shop that sells handmade paper products.
Gramodyog road, Sanganer- 303902
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- Business Travel
Raj Mahal Palace
Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (1700-1743, the builder of the Pink City of Jaipur) for Maharani Chandra Kumar Ranawatiji, daughter of the Maharana of Udaipur in 1729.
Now a heritage Hotel you can stay here (30 rooms), or just visit or swim. Be sure to see the pictures of the visitors such as Princes Diana Jackie Kennedy with his Royal highness.
The swimming pool and gardens attracts some exotic birds to watch.
The Hare Krishna musician
A Hare Krishna man played music in front of a roadside restauranton the main road between Agra and Jaipur. I gave him 100 rupies for filming and took some pictures. He gave the money to the restaurant, so I guess he was employed by the restaurant to drag tourists into the restaurant. Anyway, he was a funny guy and a good musician. (See movies)
About three hours east of Jaipur, in the State of Uttar Pradesh, lies Fatehpur Sikri, the ephemeral capital of the Mughal Empire. It was built in 1571 by Emperor Akbar at the location where a revered Sufi mystic lived, and it served as the capital of the empire until the emperor's death in 1585. By then, it was evident that water shortage in the area could not sustain a growing capital of an empire, and the city was thus swiftly abandoned after its founder's death. This quick evacuation has left us with a 16th century architectural ensemble frozen in time and devoid of subsequent modifications, one whose importance has earned it a place among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city consists of a magnificent grand mosque and an exquisite imperial palace complex, surrounded by numerous lesser structures, ranging from ramparts and caravanserais to palaces and mausoleums. While most of the architecture of the city is typically Mughal, the imperial palace complex exhibits a unique blend of Hindu, Jain and Islamic styles. Fatehpur Sikri makes an good day trip from Jaipur, and even better a stop along four hour drive to Agra.
For more on this ghost city, check out the separate page dedicated to Fatehpur Sikri.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Ghat ki Guni
East of Jaipur, on the busy road to Galta (and eventually Agra) is a row of 18th and 19th century havelis. These pleasure pavilions in the bottom of a valley hide behind them gardens that were once the summer retreat of the high society and ministers of Jaipur. Now abandoned and derelict, the havelis are fading reminder of a glorious time in the history of Jaipur.
- Historical Travel
Side streets of Old Jaipur
When walking around the old city of Jaipur, make sure to take a detour into the narrow alleys beyond the main thoroughfares. A different city awaits you, colourful (but not pink) and calmer with no tourists. You will catch a glimpse of the locals going on with their own daily lives amid beautiful but crumbling architecture. Attached are a few photos.
Nestled in a deep gorge between two mountains, Galta is a sacred Hindu complex east of Jaipur. The complex is built on the site where a Hindu religious figure named Galav once lived, and now many pilgrims visit. It contains a number of temples, shrines, baradaris (monasteries) and kunds (water reservoirs). Locals believe that this area was once very arid, but the sage Galav meditated for a hundred years until natural water springs in Galta miraculously appeared. The most important religious edifice is the Temple of Galtaji, known as the "Monkey Temple", which is built between two cliffs and contains holy water reservoirs fed by water springs. Pilgrims routinely bathe in the reservoirs as part of their pilgrimage (see attached photos). A large number of monkeys roam the site freely and are venerated by the locals. Upon entering the site, the first two buildings on either side are baradaris decorated with beautiful, albeit fading, murals. Galta is rarely visited by tourists and it could be skipped if you are pressed for time, but if you do manage to make it here you will be rewarded with perhaps the most authentic, non-touristic experience in Jaipur's vicinity!
For photos of the baradaris, take a look at the travelogue: "Galta's Baradaris."
Galta - Baradaris
The religious site, Galta, contains two baradaris located opposite each other near the entrance. Baradaris are a type of Hindu monastery with courtyards, pavilions and chapels to specific deities. Galta's baradaris were built in the 18th century in the typical Rajput style, which contains elements of Mughal/Islamic architecture, and are richly decorated with intricate carvings and beautiful, if fading, frescoes. When visiting Galta, make sure you enter these monasteries. The caretakers welcome visitors, but one is expected to give a small donation to the gods and perhaps a tip to the guide as well. You will need to take off your shoes before entering the premises. Attached are a few photos.
For more detailed photos, take a look at the travelogue: "Galta's Baradaris."
Balaji ka Mandir
This palatial structure is a temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, who is also known as Balaji. It consists of three floors with arched balconies and a pink sandstone façade. The temple is located very close to Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, east of Jaipur on the way to Galta.
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh
Named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II's second wife, Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is a modest palace surrounded by vast terraced gardens. The Maharaja built the palace in the early 18th century for his new wife, from the Sisodia clan and daughter of the ruler of Udaipur, whom he married for political reasons. At her request, her palace was built in this remote location, near Galta, east of Jaipur, surrounded by mountains. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and contain many interesting antique sculptures. Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is open to visitors and is an excellent picturesque stop on the way to or back from Galta.
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is located on Purana Ghat, east of Jaipur on the road to Agra.
- Castles and Palaces
Kanak Vrindavan Mahal
Situated just north of Man Sagar Lake, where Jal Mahal floats, Kanak Vrindavan Mahal is a complex of pavilions and landscaped gardens, and it contains a temple. It has excellent views of Jal Mahal and the Nahargarh Fort above and is a popular place for picnics and relaxation from the noisy streets of Jaipur. It can be reached by taking the Amber Road north of Jaipur.
The road between Agra and Jaipur
The main road between Agra and Jaipur has 2 lanes in each direction. It takes you through the countryside where shepherds with their domestic animals walk along the road. The animals can cross the road at any time, so be on your guard.
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